Sheriff's Office


Ottawa County Amatuer Radio Auxiliary (OCARA)

Members of this group have obtained their amateur radio license at various levels and are available to help with radio communication when needed. Members volunteer their time, skill and equipment to serve the public by providing emergency communication during times of disaster, exercises, search and rescue operations, severe weather and special events.


Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)

RACES is authorized by Part 97.407 of the FCC Rules and Regulations. In the event of a large-scale emergency the highly trained and State-certified RACES group would be the only licensed amateur radio operators allowed to use the (amateur radio) air waves solely for emergency communications. RACES members are a subgroup of the OCARA team.

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For more information on RACES and OCARA contact Ottawa County Emergency Management Services at (616) 738-4052 or email